PURLS OF WISDOM
A NEWSLETTER OF THE GREATER MILWAUKEE KNITTING GUILD
GUILD BOARD ELECTIONS
The focus of our June
meeting will be Guild Board
Elections . Without a board
our Guild would not be
allowed to meet at Mount
Mary College. Here is a run
down of the duties of the
Board of Officers and the
committee Chairs per the
articles of charter for the
Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
1. The executive officers of the Greater
Milwaukee Knitting Guild shall consist of a
President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a
Treasurer. Term of office for each officer shall be
for one(1) year. The immediate past President
shall remain on the Board of Directors for one
year and serve as the fifth Executive Officer. The
Vice-President may become President for the next
Year if decided upon by the membership before
the annual election takes place.
2. The President shall preside at all meetings of
the membership, and all meetings of the Board of
Directors•and shall be an ex-officio member of
any committee established by the Guild. The
President shall appoint all chairpersons to
standing and new committees of the Guild. The
President, upon the advice and consent of the
Board of Directors, shall be authorized to sign any
and all communications between the local Guild
and The Knitting Guild of America. The President
shall review and sign any contracts on behalf of
the Guild and secure any additional signatures per
each contract requirement. The President shall
notify all necessary factions of the newly elected
officers prior to the September meeting
3. The Vice-President shall assist the President and
serve in the absence of the President. The Vice-
President may be the chairperson for the Guild's
program committee. This option may be reviewed
yearly before election of officers if so desired.
4. The Secretary shall keep all minutes of all
proceedings of meetings of the membership and
the Board of Directors. Minutes shall be read at
the membership meetings or published in the
newsletter. The Secretary shall take care of
correspondence at the direction of the President.
The Secretary shall keep all pertinent information
of the Guild on file.
5. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse all
monies and present a statement of the current
financial condition of the Guild at all membership
meetings. Additional responsibilities of the
Treasurer shall be to pay the Guild bills including,
but not limited to, program presenters and
reimbursements, in a timely manner. The
Treasurer shall prepare a budget and submit it to
the Board of Directors for approval prior to a two-
thirds (2/3) vote of those present at a regular
scheduled membership meeting that has a
quorum. The Treasurer and President shall have
the power to sign the accounts for the Guild.
ARTICLE V COMMITTEES
1. The Guild shall have committees for
membership, programs, service projects,
education, publicity, and any others as shall be
determined, from time to time, by the Board of
Directors. The President shall appoint the
chairperson of each committee. Each chairperson
shall recruit all necessary committee members as
2. The Board of Directors shall define the
following suggested duties of committees each
year as necessary:
A. MEMBERSHIP: Chairperson shall track
member's addresses and dues (payment and
eligibility). Chairperson shall forward any monies
collected for dues to the Treasurer in a timely
manner and forward a list of eligible members to
the newsletter committee chairperson before the
20 of each month for mailing labels. Chairperson
shall calculate membership of each meeting and
inform the President of a quorum.
B. PROGRAMS: Chairperson shall schedule
programs to be presented following each monthly
meeting and forward information regarding
presenter fees to the Treasurer in a timely manner.
Chairperson shall copy any materials needed by the
presenter and forward receipts to the Treasurer in a
timely manner for reimbursement. Send "thank
you" letters to presenters following each meeting.
C. SERVICE PROJECTS: The committee shall be
responsible for determining the Guild's service
project per quarter (3 months). Committee members
shall be responsible for distribution of items
donated by members.
D. EDUCATION: Members shall work with
Programs and Service Chairpersons to ensure the
membership is receiving any and all educational
needs. The committee shall poll the membership to
determine the educational needs of the Guild.
Committee shall recruit the Guild's "Knitting
Doctor(s)" for each year and notify the newsletter
committee of the Knitting Doctor(s).
E. PUBLICITY: Chairperson shall coordinate
several subcommittees to include the newsletter,
advertising, photography, tours and trips,
Committee shall work in conjunction with
Membership to recruit new members and knitters to
F. STATE FAIR: Chairperson shall be a liaison
between the State Fair staff and Guild members.
Submitted by Mary K
From time to time the newsletter will be featuring
a guild member. Every guild member should
know Jeannie G . She is this year’s
programs chair and newsletter editor. So let’s
learn a little more about her. Here are her
answers to questions we asked her.
GUILD INVOLVEMENT: Currently Programs chair
and newsletter editor.
GUILD MEMBER: 3 years.
BEST PART OF THE GUILD: All of the members
coming together to share a love of yarn and
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A KNITTER AND
WHO TAUGHT YOU:
I learned the knit stitch from my mother when I
was a child. I just never understood what to do
with it. In 2002 a friend of a friend gave us a
lesson. She taught us to cast on, cast off, the knit
and purl stitches.
Somehow, after that lesson, my brain mixed
everything up and I could knit left
handed(Continental) and purl right handed(
English). This made knitting very difficult when
the pattern called for mixing the two stitches
together. I abandoned knitting until the summer
of 2008 when I took a sock class at Loop. Several
months and three pair of socks later, I fractured
my patella, I was unable to work or walk for
nearly 4 months. Finding myself with a lot of free
time, I was determined to master a new stitch or
technique every week.
FAVORITE TYPE OF KNITTING: Socks. They are
fast and easy and a great way to learn new
CURRENT PROJECT(S):I just finished a pair of
Genome socks knit on size 1 needles with Brown
Sheep Wildfoote yarn and cast on my third
Clapotis using Noro Taiyo. I can only knit one
project at a time .
WHO DO YOU KNIT FOR: I knit for myself,
and gifts for others. The Clapotis will be a
gift for a friend who lives in Arizona.
STASH: My stash is organized on Ravelry.
Check it out under Jeannieboom. I also
keep a copy of it in my knitting basket. It
takes up one large plastic bin.
FAVORITE KNITTING BOOK: I don’t have a
favorite book, however, my favorite
website’s are Ravelry, Twist Collective, and
Utube where one can watch a lot of knitting
OCCUPATION: Executive Chef.
OTHER INTERESTS: Gardening, reading,
making decorative showpieces like
chocolate sculptures. I’m currently enrolled
in a glass sculpting class which I will take
later this summer.
World Wide Knit in Public
day activities will be held
at the following locations:
North Point Snack bar
North Point Snack Bar located on
Milwaukee’s lakefront beginning at 11 am
on June 12. Hosted by the guilds own Ellen
The Southside Knitwits will host activities
near the Gazebo in Downtown Greendale
on June 12 from 1-5 pm.
Loop Yarn Shop will be knitting outside the
shop on June12 and Just 4 Ewe will be
hosting activities on June 12.
Please welcome our newest members to the Guild.
Toni B has been knitting for 4 years and is an
avid knitter. She already belonged to 3 groups
and now that she is a guild member she belongs
to 4. She knits for family, friends and herself and
she especially likes to knit socks.
Genavieve D has been knitting for 2 years.
She has 3 children all under the age of 3 so she
has to get creative with knitting time. She learned
to knit from her mother-in-law and fell in love with
Ginny Lee P has been knitting on and off
for 45 years. After a few years of lapse
membership, she is returning to the guild. She is
now retired and her health has improved so she
has more time to knit. She has 7 grandchildren
ranging in age from 18 months to 16 years.
Penny T has been knitting less than a year.
She has 2 daughters ages 5 and 12. Her youngest
girl wants to learn knitting. She learned mostly
from books but she is also is a member of the
Butler Library Knitting group. The library group
has helped her learn more about knitting and even
suggested she join the Guild. Now she wants to
learn to crochet.
Subm itted by Jeannie G
SABLE 2010 Yarn Stash Down
Its not too late to make your 2010 yarn stash down
Fill out your commitment card and turn it into
Margaret, Peggy or Jeannie today. AS you finish your
projects, let us know and we will mark it off your cards.
Prizes will be awarded at the August meeting to
the person who knits the most yardage from
their stash and for knitting the most skeins from
Thank You to Chris Bylsma for her
presentation on Stashology 201.Here are
some important points from her
- Think of your yarn stash as a yarn 401K.
- Never place yarn skeins in a plastic bag
with the pattern in hopes that some day
you will knit it up. You will forget about the
yarn. Instead consider storing your stash
out in the open in baskets etc. You will be
inspired every time you look and touch the
Judy K June 6
Mary Jo M June 24
Submitted by Marge A
Look through your stash because we need hats,
scarves, and mittens (adult and children) for these
School Health Nurse Program: Children’s Hospital
nurses provide services to 43 schools in the
Milwaukee area. Children’s ages range from
infants to high school. There are approximately
12,000 students and many in need of hats,
scarves, and mittens. They can accept our
donations at any time of the year and store them
Chemo Infusion Center which is affiliated with the
breast and GYN Oncology programs: Aurora
Women’s Pavilion at West Allis Hospital. They
could definitely use hats for cancer patients (men
and women). Use soft yarns and avoid using any
yarn that contains wool because it can be harmful
to some cancer patients. When cancer patients
receive handmade chemo caps, they know that
someone cares. I found great patterns on the
following Internet site: www.headhuggers.org I
couldn’t resist knitting up a few.
Food for the Hungry, Inc.: They deliver to
Children’s crises centers, day care centers,
women’s abuse centers, food pantries, and other
social service programs in South Eastern
Wisconsin. I got a nice letter thanking the Guild
for all the knit items we donated last year, and
they are hopeful that they could be a recipient
again this year.
You can choose any of the above organizations to
receive your knit items, and I will make sure they
are delivered to that organization. I will try to
collect finished items at all our meetings.
W H AT’S AH EAD
12-13 Iowa Sheep and Wool festival, Adel,
12 World Wide knit in Public Day
July 16-18 Midwest Folk and Fiber Fair
August 11 -Stitch and Pitch - Milwaukee
2010 Board of Directors and
About the Guild
- Our Mission:
- We are on Facebook now. Visit us at Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild. The Greater Milwaukee Knitting Guild is open to anyone interested in knitting at any level. Our mission is to promote interest, appreciation, and skill in knitting. The Meetings are always the second Tuesday of every month except January and August. Social Hour begins at 6:15 pm. Our “Knitting Doctors” are also available at that time for advice and consultation on your knitting problems. The meeting begins at 7:oo pm followed by the Monthly Program. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org